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Ticket To Rye IPA - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Ticket To Rye IPATicket To Rye IPA

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70 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 70
Hads: 379
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 12.12%
Wants: 7
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tone77 on 01-20-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Ticket to Rye is a Rye IPA that offers the imbiber an opening act of rye spice, nicely woven into a hearty, bitter backup from an entire band of Nugget hops. The harmony created by these ingredients is just what any epic show calls for.
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Reviews: 70 | Hads: 379
Photo of wingman14
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an orangish brown with very little off white head. The rye and hops dominate the smell with some malt and sweet notes in there as well. Starts with a subtle sweet that moves into the rye and the hops come in towards the end of the sip, and a slight bitter stays throughout the aftertaste. I am surprised that this one isn't more bitter, but it still has a pretty big flavor. The rye is the most prominent, and the hops are as strong as I would have thought. The sweetness is the only part that suggests a higher ABV, but you still cannot tell. The malty sweet in the beginning of the sip is unique, and is a nice flavor. A smooth medium mouthfeel, not harsh for having rye and hops, good flavors. Overall a good beer, good flavors, not as powerful as others that use rye, but still a tasty brew.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good looking, coppery and clear, good head and lacing.

I thought the aroma was a bit odd, kinda like some hoppy lagers that I've had. Sweet, spicy, quite floral, a bit malty.

Taste is somewhat different to the aroma, very spicy, mildly sweet, rye-forward malt backbone, a fair degree of hoppiness.

It's actually a bit slick and sweet on the finish, with a lingering spicy bitterness and a medium body, medium carbonation.

It's a very tasty beer. Good thing I got six of them.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Samuel Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Orange/brown in color, with three fingers of a creamy, sand colored head. Lacing's quite nice on this one as well.

Smell: Really a lot like an IPA with a burst of floral sorts of hops, but there's certainly a rye aroma, which should be expected (given the name), as well as some sweet smelling malts. A very nice smelling beer. All's good so far.

Taste/feel: I haven't had many ryes, so I'll throw that out there right away... but it's quite an intriguing beer. I get a lot of sweetness on the front, with a lot of rye bitterness on the finish. There's a very nice balance here though, which really makes this beer quite drinkable. The finish is not for the faint of heart, but Ticket to Rye is tasty. It smells and drinks like a sweet-ish IPA, but the rye makes things interesting. After having their #9 as my first beer by them, things have really only gone up from there. I like Ticket to Rye more than I thought I would.

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Photo of chinchill
4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from IPA mix pack (thanks BH).

Pour is lightly hazy, deep reddish-brown in color, and covered with a large and very durable tan head. The glass remains coated with sticky lacing long after the beer is gone.

Smells as expected -- like rye + IPA -- but with a better and more appetizing aroma, probably due in part to a proper dose of sweet malts.

Very nice flavor with spicy rye, sweet and toasted malts, and hops in good proportioned.
I see some rather low ratings for this beer which I suspect are due mainly to a less aggressive hop profile than some prefer.

Medium body and medium+ carbonation with a lively feel and a unusually dry finish.

O: One of the best I've had from Magic Hat. Recommended, and highly recommended at this price point.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I love the color of this beer. And the head is a nice accent. Nose is a bit chalky, which strikes me as odd. Flavor is robust, yet minimalized in a way. Almost like it's toned down so as to not be too boisterous, but still bringing some nice hearty character.

The name of this beer is Ticket to Rye. I think that is appropriate. It strikes me as a good gateway beer. It's mild enough for the noobs, but brings a heartier profile that can showcase greater potential for beer.

I wonder if this should be classified as a rye beer.

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Photo of jwc215
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark copper with a thin off-white head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of mild citrus and pine with caramel and minty rye.

The taste is of burnt caramel and rye, with a touch of resin. The minty rye shows itself strongly. Some alcohol warmth shows, especially as it progresses, but is not raw. Dry finish.

The feel is medium-bodied with ample, but not too strong, carbonation.

The pieces are here, though hops are rather mild, for a rye IPA. The rye certainly shows. But, there is a burnt touch, it becomes sour as it progresses, and the pieces don't mesh well enough to make this one more than average-ish. Still, not bad.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dirty penny copper in color, with a big head of bone-white foam.
Aroma-Faint herbal hop note
Taste-Spicy rye,toasted malt, foloral/herbal hops. Nicely balanced with a drying finish. A nice match for spicy fare or a pastrami sandwich.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a dark copper color. Body is mostly clear. Head is thick and full. Head leaves rings like the innards of a tree.

S-Buttery rye bread combined with some earthy and piney hoppiness. Caramel and hints of chocolate. Rye is spicy and zesty.

T-The rye really jumps here. Good doses of pine and earthen hops. There is some metal. Battery rye bread and some citrus (bright candied orange) with molasses and caramel. Boasts great balance.

M-Creamy and semi-full. Solid, lingering bitterness.

O/D-Pretty nice RIPA. Definitely one of the better rotating Magic Hat IPAs.

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Photo of Omnium
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Regular pint
A - Pours a nice light brown/amber color, less than head that goes away instantly, thin lacing.
S - Bitter and dark malts, decent rye aroma here, pine hops.
T - This is actually pretty darn good, bitter flavor, you really get the rye in this, dank biterness and the hops pack a good bite to them, earthy quality to it as well.
M - Good carbonization, well bodied, crisp
O - I'm actually really surprised by how good this is. Not the best Rye-flavored IPA, but definitely a good go to if this is a flavor you're searching for.

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Photo of Zorro
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very dark amber colored beer, it could be called red or light brown. Small off-white colored head. Clear with no haze present.

Smells hoppy with a clear scent of pine. Spicy and slightly sour rye malt. Toasted grain and caramel. Smells a little woody but it isn't super aromatic.

Starts out malty with a sharp hit bite in the after taste. Tastes a bit spicy and the rye certainly isn't hidden. Little bit sweet caramel flavor is bold. Tasty rye beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a good rye beer. Better than I expected from this brewery.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an amber/copper color with 2 fingers worth of fluffy head that leaves some nice lacing and retains for quite a while

S: Get a bit of spicy rye that gets swallowed up by the citrusy and piney hops. Also get some fruity and buttery yeast notes

T: Follows the nose. Starts out with a little spiciness from the rye with a nice hop presence that lends citrus and pine notes. Balanced nicely by the malts. Finishes bitter and slightly spicy

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice new addition to the IPA on Tour series. Not sure if I like this or the newly retired Demo (their black IPA) more. Regardless, a solid brew that's worthy of a purchase

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - A touch hazy for an IPA. Seems like a chestnut brown with a full inch of sticky roamy head.
S - I get some mild pine, maybe citrus, and spicy rye notes. Smell is good.
T - Not too much rye which is appreciated but I am not getting much bittering hops. Some sweeter malts and maybe citrus hops it seems adverage.
M - Mildly dry and light to medium body.
Overall it's a pretty good IPA, very dry with the rye and semi bitter. Easy drinking IPA but far from great.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured this American style IPA from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a hazy amber color, produced an average white head, average retention and left a nice amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma of this IPA consisted of malted grain, spicy rye, caramel and piney hops. Moderate body, a foundation of rye malt, caramel and piney hops. Overall, very nice example of a craft brewed American IPA- The use of rye in this brew was especially enjoyable. Great session beer- Worthy! Prost!

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

It's as though Paul McCartney bit his tongue during a Beatles set back in the day. This stuff pours a clear sunrise amber topped by a finger of off-cream foam. The nose comprises lightly-toasted rye bread, caramel, mild greens, and a bit of sweet flowers. The taste brings in more of the same, though the grass is now stronger and there's a touch of light butter in there for the sake of it. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a weak little RIPA, one that's too mossy and too muddled for its own good.

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Photo of plaid75
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy dark amber hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and excellent sticky lacing.

The smell featured a moderate caramel, spicy rye and light piney hop.

The taste consisted of a chewy earthy caramel malt, spirited rye malt with a lingering piney hop spice.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a tasty full bodied IPA.

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Photo of shand
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This beer reminds me a lot of Harpoon's Rich and Dan's Rye IPA. They each have a banana taste to me that must come from something they're doing with the rye. The hops are a little more forward in this one, along with a lot of rye spiciness in the nose. The taste has a decent amount of hops, but they're quickly washed away by a huge wave of rye that has a bit of that banana character I mentioned earlier. The mouthfeel is on the full side for an IPA and satisfying, and the drinkability is solid. Overall, a good rye IPA. Not the best in the world, and I'm not sure I see any reason to go out of your way to get a sixer of this when Ruthless Rye is out, but it's a solid add-in to the mix pack.

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Photo of Rizalini
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my Deschutes tulip...

A - Pours a clear copper color with 1 finger of tan head. Spotty lacing as I sip.

S - Big rye aroma. Kind of over powers everything else.

T/M - The flavor is a combination of rye, which has a rubber like flavor quality, and alcohol. I don't get the hops in this one, as the rye is over powers it IMO. Medium mouthfeel.

O - As I continue sipping, I find my self searching for the hops in this one. Not good, but not bad. It's meh...

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Photo of thecheapies
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy rusty red color and a nice collar of fluffy bone head. Retention on this sucker is everlasting. Sick lacing. Hell of a look.

Ripe aroma! Herbal and floral sweetness, lilac, orange citrus hops, Irish Spring, light pine, and some toasty rye grain. Excellent nose for a Rye IPA.

A show of floral hops without the bitterness. Attached is an herbal sweetness that pairs marvelously with the lightly spicy rye malts. Notes of toffee and citrus also very much present. It's easy, sure, but it is damn tasty.

Drinks smooth, but ruffled from the carbonation. Insanely sluggable.

My favorite Magic Hat IPA to-date. What a pleasant surprise!

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Photo of IronLover
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Weathered copper orange in color with a deep haze. Poured with respectable white foam that quickly reduced to a wispy, soapy cap that left light sticky lacing on the glass. Dark bread and rye aromas up front with a strong caramel malt sweetness beneath along with an herbal hoppiness. Medium bodied with rich, assertive carbonation. Herbal and pine hop flavors smother the bready and rye malt flavors up front. A bit of spicy rye through the middle. Finishes with a slightly herbal, mostly pine hop bitterness.

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Photo of tone77
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12oz. bottle. Has a dark bronze color with a 1 inch head. Smell is very hoppy, some citrus and rye notes. Taste is bitter, lots of hops, a bit of rye, just a hint of citrus, no malts to speak of. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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Ticket To Rye IPA from Magic Hat Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.